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    • 02 Jun 2016
    • 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • Richmond International Raceway 600 East Laburnum Avenue, Richmond, VA 23222
                        
     
                                
      

    June Monthly Education, Board Induction and Award Nominee Announcements
    Thursday, June 2, 2016

    Richmond International Raceway
    600 E. Laburnum Avenue
    Richmond, VA 23222
      

     

    Click here to register!      

     

    Don't forget to nominate your peers for one of our Annual Awards. Check your email for the unique link you received on May 17th!


     

    Speaker: Kasey Connors

    Session Title: What is the Convention Industry Council (CIC)

    and What Can They Do for Me?

     

    “Advancing the Meetings, Conventions, Exhibitions and Events Industry” is the tagline for the Convention Industry Council (CIC.) There are 33 member organizations, including MPI that comprise the board of directors. In addition to administering the CMP program, they also facilitate the exchange of information on global trends and topics, promulgate excellence in best practices and guidelines, collaborate on industry issues and advocate for the value of the meetings industry.

     

    Our speaker, Kasey Connors, is the Director of Marketing and Communications for CIC where she oversees the Marketing and Promotion of all CIC initiatives including the CMP Program. Kasey developed the CMP Preferred Provider program and is currently working on launching a CMP job board.  She also manages CIC’s APEX Standards Committee which provides resources overall to the meetings, events and exhibition industry.  Mrs. Connors has over 10 years’ experience in associations covering events, volunteer management, marketing and program management.

     

     

    Participants will learn how to track continuing education credits (CEUs) needed to sit for the CMP exam or recertify once passing the exam.

     

    Learner Objectives: 

    Understand what the CIC is and its impact on the industry 

    • 1)      Discover what the APEX is and why it is important
    • 2)      Receive an overview of the CMP program and learn how to track CEUs online
    • 3)      Discuss the benefits of MPI-VA as a CMP Preferred Provider
    • 4)      Discuss the benefits of attending the CMP Conclave

    Schedule

     

      9:30am - 11:00am
    Board Meeting

     11:00am -11:30am

    Registration 

     11:30am - 12:30pm

    Lunch

     12:30pm - 1:30pm

    Education

     

    Don't forget the raffle...       

    • Two tickets to the Federated Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway under the lights on Saturday, September 10th
    • One Night Stay at the Four Points by Sheraton Richmond and Breakfast for 2

    Community Service Partner: Dress for Success!
    In June we have partnered with Dress for Success, an organization with a mission to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Please start saving those suits, dresses, shoes and handbags that you no longer need. See instructions below and visit their website for more information on this great cause!


    What to donate:

    What would you wear to a job interview? That is exactly the type of clothing we are looking for to distribute to our clients. Your fabulous suits and other professional apparel could furnish another woman with the confidence to enter or return to the workplace, make a great first impression and land a job that could change her life.
    Additionally, many of our clients go directly to an interview, so please ensure that all items donated are freshly dry-cleaned / laundered and ironed, not more than 3 years old, and suitable for wearing to job interviews. Thank you!


    Clothing Accepted:

    • Interview appropriate suits
    • Interview appropriate blouses
    • Professional separates including blouses, slacks, skirts, dresses, blazers and jackets
    • Work appropriate shoes
    • Jewelry and scarves
    • Handbags (briefcases, portfolios or work appropriate handbag)

    Clothing Not Accepted:

    We do not accept outerwear, undergarments, denim, or inappropriate work attire. We are currently NOT accepting winter attire including sweaters, wool suits, blazers, pants, or skirts. We will resume accepting winter attire in September 2016.
     

    Event Cancellations must be submitted in writing to:

    ceer@paragon-group.com
    Cancellation penalties do apply:
    Cancellation penalties outside 30 days from event date: $10
    Cancellations within 30 days from event date: $25
    Cancellations within 3 days of event date: No Refund
    • 11 Jun 2016
    • 14 Jun 2016
    • Atlantic City, New Jersey

    As MPI continues to program and design WEC 2016 in Atlantic City, we’ve got some great news to share:

    The WEC 2016 Website is live! Check out the education sessions that are locked in so far, pre-WEC certificate courses, brought to you by the MPI Academy, and what’s in the works for General Sessions and Flash Point, with many more details to come.

    Also, getting to Atlantic City is easier than you think—Meet AC is providing free ground transportation from Philadelphia International Airport and Atlantic City International Airport to the WEC host hotels. How’s that for a warm welcome? Full details can be found here.

    We hope to see you this June!
     
     

     

     

    • 18 Jul 2016
    • 9:00 AM
    • 19 Jul 2016
    • 5:00 PM
    • Virginia Tech Richmond Center, 2810 North Parham Road, Suite 300, Richmond, VA 23294
    Virginia Chapter of Meeting Professionals International
    in Partnership with VirginiaTech
    presents The Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) 2016 Boot Camp


    July 18-19, 2016
       

    9:00am - 5:00pm both days


    Virginia Tech Richmond Center
    2810 N Parham Road, Suite 300
    Richmond, VA 23294

        
    Click here to register  

    The boot camp will include intensive sessions covering the recommended texts used to prepare for the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP®) exam. This session will prepare you to negotiate efficiently and effectively while maintaining a high level of professionalism. Participants will walk away with skills and tools to be prepared for their certification exam and show the ROI of their new skills. This course earns 14.0 Clock Hours (1.40 CEU credits) toward your CMP Application! 

     

    Cost (for 2 days): 
    $200 for MPI VA Members

    $225 for Non-Members


    Meetings and events account for more than $120 billion in annual business volume in the United States alone. Their economic value as an enabler and facilitator of business and policy decisions is far broader. This is one of the most important and expensive areas in business.

    Instructor:  Ann Buhl, CMP

    Event cancellations must be submitted in writing to:  ceer@paragon-group.com
    Cancellation penalties do apply:
    Cancellations outside of 30 days from event date: $10
    Cancellations within 30 days from event date:  $25
    Cancellations within 3 days of event date:     No refund

     

    **The information you provide is subject to the Freedom of Information Act guidelines.
    **Virginia Tech is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.
    • 17 Aug 2016
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • 19 Aug 2016
    • 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • Hilton Richmond Downtown 501 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23219


     



       
         

        


    Wednesday, August 17-19, 2016


    Hilton Richmond Downtown
    501 East Broad Street
    Richmond, VA 23219 

    Click here to register!


    Connect with meeting and event professionals from throughout Virginia as we Meet Local For the MPI-VA 2016 Annual Education Conference.  Join us at the beautiful new Hilton Richmond Downtown and learn from industry professionals, including dynamic Richmond talent and the 2015 MPI Global RISE Award Member of the Year! Explore the history, art, food, and adventurous spirit of the region that led Travel + Leisure to name Richmond a Best Place to Travel in 2016.

     

     

    2016 Annual Conference Agenda

    Wednesday, August 17

    TBD                                 A Taste of RVA Restaurant Crawl

     

    Thursday, August 18

    8:30am – 10:00am 

    Board Meeting 

    10:00am – 11:00am 

    New Member Orientation 

    11:00am – 12:00pm 

    Registration 

    12:00pm – 1:30pm 

    Opening Lunch and General Session


    Dream Big or Go Home: How the UCI Road World Cycling Championships Became a Reality for Richmond

    Panelists:  TBD

    Facilitator: Linne DiIorio, CMP

     

    1:45pm – 2:45pm

    Break Out Sessions
                      
    From a Hilton Garden Inn to the Hilton Richmond Downtown – How Did it Happen and What Did They Learn?
    Speakers: 
    John Cario and Tim Stacer


    Volunteer Management
    Speakers: 
    TBD

     

    Career Mapping

    Speaker: Ann Buhl, CMP, CMM

     

    3:00pm – 4:30pm 

    General Session
                      
    Move Their Bodies, Move Their Minds: An Exercise in Creative Brainstorming
    Speaker:
    Tara Liaschenko, CMM

     

    4:30pm – 5:30pm

    Free Time 

    5:30pm – 6:15pm           

    Reception

    6:15pm – 7:30pm

    MPI Virginia Chapter Annual Awards Dinner

           

    Friday, August 19

    8:00am – 9:00am

    8:30am – 9:30am

    Breakfast Buffet

    Roundtable Discussions

    9:45am – 10:45am 

    General Session
                      
    We Humans are Negotiators at the Core.  Shouldn’t We Be Better At It?
    Speaker: Scott Wayne

     

    11:00am- 12:00pm

    Break Out Sessions

    Transforming the Traditional Tradeshow

    Speaker: Tara Liaschenko, CMM

     

    Infusing a Sense of Place to Create Greater Meeting Value

    Speaker: Bree Brostko

     

    12:00pm – 1:30pm 

    Closing Lunch and General Session

    Partnering with Non-Profits to Make your Event or Business SHINE!
    Speaker
    : Lisa Schaffner

     

    To learn more about our speakers, visit our Conference Speakers page. 

    To learn more about our sponsors, visit our Conference Sponsors page. 

                
                       
    Click here to donate to the Annual Conference Auction           

    Please contact Megan Davis with questions at megan.davis@fourpointsrichmond.com or (804) 521-2214                    

     

    Hotel Details:
    Our host hotel is the newly-renovated Hilton Richmond Downtown (formerly the Hilton Garden Inn)! We have a discounted rate of $139 per night, available through the conference as well as the weekend!
           
    Overnight Accommodations: $139 group rate 
    Book your room today!

     

    Parking Details:

    Parking has been discounted for our event as well. The Hilton offers Valet parking only, and has discounted the parking fee to $15 for overnight and $5 for day parking. Day parking is first come, first served, but there is a pay-per-day parking lot across 5th Street as well.      

    Greater Richmond Convention Center deck (located one block away at the corner of 3rd & Marshall Streets) with a rate of $7.00 per car/per entry, first come/first served.     


    Sponsorships are being sold now.  If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact Caroline Ball 
    or Megan Seagram
    Annual Conference Co-Chairs





    Event Cancellations must be submitted in writing to:
    ceer@paragon-group.com
    Cancellation penalties do apply:
    Cancellation penalties outside 30 days from event date: $10
    Cancellations within 30 days from event date: $25
    Cancellations within 3 days of event date: No Refund
    • 08 Sep 2016
    • 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown 555 East Canal Street Richmond, VA 23219
    Thursday, September 8, 2016                        
     

     
                                
    11:00am - 1:30pm

    Location: Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown

    555 E. Canal Street

    Richmond, VA 23219


    More information coming soon!


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    Schedule


      9:30am-11:00am Board Meeting
     11:00am-11:30am New Member Orientation

     11:00am - 11:30am

    Registration & Networking 

     11:30am - 12:30pm

    Lunch

     12:30pm - 1:30pm

    Education

     


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    Event Cancellations must be submitted in writing to:

    ceer@paragon-group.com

    Cancellation penalties do apply:

    Cancellation penalties outside 30 days from event date: $10

    Cancellations within 30 days from event date: $25

    Cancellations within 3 days of event date: No Refund


    • 03 Nov 2016
    • 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • TBD
    Thursday, November 3, 2016                        
     

     
                                
    11:00am - 1:30pm

    Location: TBD


    More information coming soon!



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    3 Learner Objectives:


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    Schedule


      9:30am-11:00am Board Meeting
     11:00am-11:30am New Member Orientation

     11:00am - 11:30am

    Registration & Networking 

     11:30am - 12:30pm

    Lunch

     12:30pm - 1:30pm

    Education

     


    Speaker:

    Title:  

    Speaker Company:


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    Parking:


    Charity information:



    Event Cancellations must be submitted in writing to:

    ceer@paragon-group.com

    Cancellation penalties do apply:

    Cancellation penalties outside 30 days from event date: $10

    Cancellations within 30 days from event date: $25

    Cancellations within 3 days of event date: No Refund


    • 21 Nov 2016
    • 9:00 AM
    • 22 Nov 2016
    • 5:00 PM
    • Virginia Tech Richmond Center, 2810 North Parham Road, Suite 300, Richmond, VA 23294
    Virginia Chapter of Meeting Professionals International
    in Partnership with VirginiaTech
    presents The Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) 2016 Boot Camp


    November 21-22, 2016
       

    9:00am - 5:00pm both days


    Virginia Tech Richmond Center
    2810 N Parham Road, Suite 300
    Richmond, VA 23294

        
     Click here to register  
        
    The boot camp will include intensive sessions covering the recommended texts used to prepare for the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP®) exam. This session will prepare you to negotiate efficiently and effectively while maintaining a high level of professionalism. Participants will walk away with skills and tools to be prepared for their certification exam and show the ROI of their new skills. This course earns 14.0 Clock Hours (1.40 CEU credits) toward your CMP Application! 

     

    Cost (for 2 days): 
    $200 for MPI VA Members

    $225 for Non-Members


    Meetings and events account for more than $120 billion in annual business volume in the United States alone. Their economic value as an enabler and facilitator of business and policy decisions is far broader. This is one of the most important and expensive areas in business.

    Instructor:  Ann Buhl, CMP

    Event cancellations must be submitted in writing to:  ceer@paragon-group.com
    Cancellation penalties do apply:
    Cancellations outside of 30 days from event date: $10
    Cancellations within 30 days from event date:  $25
    Cancellations within 3 days of event date:     No refund

     

    **The information you provide is subject to the Freedom of Information Act guidelines.
    **Virginia Tech is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.
    • 01 Dec 2016
    • 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM (EST)
    • TBD

    MPI Virginia Holiday Luncheon and Auction Fundraiser

    Thursday, December 1, 2016
    10:30am - 1:30pm

    Location:  TBD


    Schedule

      9:00am - 10:30am Board Meeting 
     10:30am-11:00am New Member Orientation
     10:30am - 11:00am Registration, Silent auction & Networking 
     11:00am - 12:30pm Luncheon and Silent auction
     12:30pm - 1:30pm Auction check out

     

    Silent Auction!

    Our Silent Auction is known for it's creative gift baskets and unique holiday giveaways . GET CREATIVE!  MPI Virginia members love buying baskets, art, and unique items - in addition to those wonderful hotel stays and tickets!





    Event Cancellations
     must be submitted in writing to:
    ceer@paragon-group.com
    Cancellation penalties do apply:
    Cancellation penalties outside 30 days from event date: $10
    Cancellations within 30 days from event date: $25
    Cancellations within 3 days of event date: No Refund
     


       
       

Past events

05 May 2016 MPI VA After 5 - Networking Event
05 May 2016 MPI VA 2016 Annual Board Retreat
19 Apr 2016 MPI VA April Charlottesville Breakfast Forum
14 Apr 2016 April Monthly Education Meeting-GMID
03 Mar 2016 March Monthly Education Meeting
10 Feb 2016 MPI VA February Charlottesville Breakfast Forum
04 Feb 2016 MPI-VA CMP Recognition Reception
07 Jan 2016 MPI-VA January Monthly Education Meeting
03 Dec 2015 Holiday Luncheon and Auction Fundraiser
23 Nov 2015 CMP Boot Camp - November 2015
11 Nov 2015 November Charlottesville Breakfast Forum
05 Nov 2015 November Monthly Education Meeting
22 Oct 2015 MPI Virginia 2015 Fall Board Retreat
22 Oct 2015 MPI VA October After Five
10 Sep 2015 September Education: Use All The Crayons! The Colorful Guide to Simple Human Happiness
20 Aug 2015 MPI Virginia Chapter Annual Awards Reception & Dinner
20 Aug 2015 MPI Virginia Chapter Annual Education Conference & Awards Ceremony
20 Jul 2015 CMP Boot Camp - July 2015
23 Jun 2015 June Charlottesville Breakfast Forum:
04 Jun 2015 June Networking & Induction Meeting
07 May 2015 May Education: The Most Overlooked Contract Clauses You Can't Afford to Ignore
29 Apr 2015 April Charlottesville Breakfast Forum: Let's Talk Best Practices!
28 Apr 2015 MPI After Five
28 Apr 2015 VAMPI 2015 Annual Board Retreat
05 Mar 2015 March Education: Let Us Break Bread Together: Using Food in your Recipe for Success
19 Feb 2015 VAMPI CMP Recognition Reception
05 Feb 2015 February Education: Do it Well. Make it Fun.
28 Jan 2015 January Charlottesville Breakfast Forum: 2015 Meetings Outlook
08 Jan 2015 State of the Industry with Kevin Kirby, MPI International Chairman of the Board
11 Dec 2014 Holiday Luncheon and Auction Fundraiser: Members may bring a guest for free!
06 Dec 2014 EDMARC Gift Wrapping Community Service Project
24 Nov 2014 CMP Boot Camp
14 Nov 2014 November Education: Leveraging Social Media for Planners & Suppliers
07 Nov 2014 VAMPI Mid-Year Board Retreat
04 Nov 2014 November Charlottesville Breakfast Forum: Contracts!
01 Oct 2014 Charlottesville Breakfast Forum 2014-2015 Kick-Off
11 Sep 2014 September: Unlocking a Data Conscious Culture
13 Aug 2014 2014 VAMPI/HSMAI Annual Education Conference
21 Jul 2014 CMP Boot Camp
05 Jun 2014 VAMPI 2014 Awards Luncheon
13 May 2014 2014 VAMPI Board Retreat
21 Apr 2014 CMP Boot Camp
10 Apr 2014 April Education: ZOMBIES 2030! Taming the Most Challenging Conference Imaginable
27 Mar 2014 Charlottesville Breakfast Forum: March 2014
20 Mar 2014 Meeting Professionals' Industry Fair
06 Mar 2014 March Education: Quickfire with Bob Mellinger
20 Feb 2014 VAMPI CMP Support Program: “Committed to Making Professionals”
06 Feb 2014 February Education Meeting: Building a Legacy of Leadership
29 Jan 2014 Charlottesville Breakfast Forum: January 2014
09 Jan 2014 January Education: Virginia Travel Industry Updates
05 Dec 2013 Holiday Auction & Luncheon
12 Nov 2013 Charlottesville Breakfast Forum: Let’s talk about Food and Beverage!
07 Nov 2013 Speed Learning - Industry Roundtable Discussions
06 Nov 2013 2013-2014 VAMPI Board Midyear Retreat
28 Oct 2013 CMP Boot Camp
03 Oct 2013 Risk Management & Event Insurance
26 Sep 2013 Charlottesville Breakfast Forum: Discover how your fellow planners and suppliers expect to see 2014 shape up.
12 Sep 2013 True Innovation: Inspiring Your Audience
15 Aug 2013 CAMP VAMPI! Campfire Gathering (Guests Only)
15 Aug 2013 CAMP VAMPI! Annual Education Conference
29 Jul 2013 CMP Boot Camp
26 Jun 2013 Tidewater Breakfast Forum: Thinking Outside the Box
18 Jun 2013 Charlottesville Breakfast Forum: Benefits and Options for Advancing your Career
06 Jun 2013 VAMPI Awards Reception & Dinner
29 May 2013 Tidewater Breakfast Forum: Are you in the Business of being an Exceptional Business?
23 May 2013 2013-2014 VAMPI Board Retreat
02 May 2013 “Experience plus Education equals Success”
17 Apr 2013 EVENT CANCELLED Wine with VAMPI
28 Mar 2013 From Logistics to Strategy: A Journey into the Mind of the Ultimate Decision Maker
26 Mar 2013 How to Achieve the Perfect Atmosphere at your Event
25 Feb 2013 Used any cool technology lately?
21 Feb 2013 VAMPI CMP Support Program: “Committed to Making Professionals”
07 Feb 2013 “LET ME HELP!: Volunteers in Special Events Administration”
15 Jan 2013 Richmond Breakfast Forum
10 Jan 2013 Virginia Travel Industry Updates Panel Discussion
15 Dec 2012 Got Community? EDMARC Gift Wrapping Event
12 Dec 2012 "What's Your Plan B?"
06 Dec 2012 Naked Negotiating & Holiday Auction
13 Nov 2012 CMP Exam: What You Need to Know About the New CMP Application Guidelines
01 Nov 2012 Meet Like A Mouse: Apply Theme Park Methodology
23 Oct 2012 Risky Business: Planner & Business Partners Prepare for Contingencies?”
16 Oct 2012 Is Your Head Spinning? Charlottesville Breakfast Forum
05 Oct 2012 “Maximizing Attendee Engagement with Mobile Apps”?
27 Sep 2012 VAMPI Unique Meets Tour 5
18 Sep 2012 Mobile Apps: What’s it all about? - Richmond Breakfast Forum
13 Sep 2012 Working Professionally From the Road
23 Aug 2012 2012 Annual Education Conference